DOWN TIME

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”

I exercised to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

https://www.redcross.ca/

There are photos of myself & each guitar I own in the Facebook links on here.  You should know that I despise photos & videos of myself.  Also any audio of myself.  I’ve sang on a few recordings, I’ve listened to them a handful of times, all I do is find/notice mistakes either on guitar or vocals of myself.  I very seldom listen/look at to any type recordings of myself.

Kim called me on the way home from work Friday to get ready to go out to see “Little Women”.  I’m not much of a fan of period pieces, but there was nothing bad about it, I’ve never read the book.  I had to ask her this on the way though…

She didn’t remember that moment.  I guess when we were dating she just used me for my “Friends” DVDs.  Not sure why she keeps me around now?  Do you think she like…..LIKES me?

I’ll play the heck out of the new 6 string, then continue saving for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  Then I’ll save for the Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul signature Matt Heafy 7 string guitar.  Less than half the price of the guitar recently ordered but it will take longer to save for…….and it’s off of the new 2020 Epiphone guitar website.  I guess all that remains are the guitars in stock at stores.  I feel sick!  There are other 7 string guitars but this was the only one I really liked.  Our “guitar savings” are spent.  Instant gut wrenching heartbreak…….as of Monday morning I find out that Long & McQuade have 9 in stock (at other stores in Canada) and can still get them in from the supplier.  I can’t afford that now, I was thinking a few years down the road.  I think a vacation with Kim & hopefully a house should happen before my final guitar purchase is made, if the funds are available?  I’m doubtful this will still be available at that time.

All 6 strings for me, but HOT DAMN that sexy PRS!  April seems so far away!  I feel like a kid in November waiting for Christmas!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

I watch WAY too many guitar demos of my ordered guitar & this Epiphone model!

You’ll notice there is no Matt Heafy signature 7 string Les Paul guitar listed in the link below.  The hundreds of others don’t compare for me.  It’s about getting this particular model, not just any 7 string.

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Artist

The PRS is my last regular guitar, if the 7 string is available 5 years down the road that will complete my guitar purchasing.  If it’s not available I’m done now.  I’m pretty sure I’m done now. Before I was sick I figured one guitar every 4 or 5 years.  Now on one income, I’m done.  Expensive hobby.

I bought an S2 semi-hollow.  They’re really not that affordable unless you started the company!  Mine is an S2 custom 22 semi-hollow.  Same line, different model.  5th highest model out of 6.  Even the cheapest model is more than $1000 retail if it’s a true PRS made in Maryland.  There are other PRS style guitars that are cheaper made overseas.

Kim’s at work all day and doesn’t see my exercise other than walking & stairs where she has to make sure I don’t crack my noggin’ open.  I’m rather inept when it comes to any type of technology so you’ll have to open the Facebook link & scroll down for photos of me & my guitars on Facebook.  The photos were taken on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  I hope this works, my apologies in advance if it doesn’t.  The photos will only on the Facebook link, sorry.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

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A photo of my ugly mug a few weeks shy of turning 40.  12 years after stage 4 brain cancer.  I collapsed at work on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Yes, I’m wearing shorts indoors & it’s a blizzard outside.  I went to a movie in shorts Friday night while wearing shorts, a hoodie, toque, and gloves.  I went from the vehicle to the movie theater.  Yeah, it’s cold out.

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This is me holding my first guitar I received on my 21st birthday from my family.  My (Green) Les Paul made by Tradition guitars that no longer exist.  The guitar is exactly the same as when I received.  This was my main guitar for every live show I ever played.  This guitar seems to push more bass tone, yet the pickups produce a lot of high pitched feedback if you’re not conscious about it.

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This is my (black) Epiphone Explorer.  My girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas gift in 2002, we started dating in April of that year.  I had the pickups changed to EMG pickups for $200 after one show with it.  There’s an active EMG 60 in the neck pickup & an EMG 81 in the bridge pickup.  EMG pickups push more of the higher & mid-range tones which can also cause feedback.  Dave Grohl played a black Gibson Explorer early on in his career with “Foo Fighters”.  My reason for the cursive “F” logo of the band which I added as well as the Canadian flag.  Epiphone is the cheaper version of guitars also made by Gibson.  Same design, cheaper materials.  This has become my main guitar when playing electric guitar.  I play rock music for the most part while dipping my toe deeper into metal music.

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This is the (Brown) Fender Telecaster I received as a gift from a very good friend of mine while going through physiotherapy in 2009.  This is the guitar signed by Ian Thornley, the singer-songwriter from the Canadian rock band “Big Wreck”.  This guitar has 2 single-coil pickups instead of humbucker pickups.  It’s also semi-hollow.  The sound is more geared towards a twangy country music sound or a blues sound on the neck pickup.  I rarely play this guitar, mostly because of the sound, country & blues aren’t suited to my taste in music also the neck of the guitar just doesn’t feel comfortable in my hand?  It is a very nice looking guitar, at least I think so!  I’ve always liked the shape of a Telecaster!

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My acoustic-electric hybrid guitar made by Takamine.  This guitar is the only guitar I have purchased for myself.  I think the electronics inside the guitar fell during the photo?  All of my guitars are either hung on the wall or in a stand on the floor.  They’re more accessible so I can grab one at any time.  My acoustic is typically found in the living room.  The electric guitars are in our office by my guitar amplifier.

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The acoustic guitar on the wall is the one I bought for Kim, the same Christmas she bought me the Epiphone Explorer.  She wanted a blue acoustic guitar.  It’s a blue Washburn acoustic with Grover tuners.  The only blue acoustic I could find in 2002.  She never learned to play it.  I used it to teach a few friends & I’m using it now for the same reason.  No charge, not a wealth of knowledge in my head, just the basics!

My amplifier volume is set to 1 ½ out of 10.  I don’t turn it up in case it bothers our neighbors.  My current amplifier contains one 10” speaker but is VERY loud.  My previous amplifier, before I was sick was 100 Watts with a cabinet of four 12” speakers to put things into perspective.  We lived in a bungalow with my gear in the basement.  I don’t miss carrying my amp & speaker cabinet to the basement at 2:00 am.

All of these guitars are out of production.  I guess they’re not cool enough for others, I like them though!

I hope my ordered guitar isn’t delayed significantly.  PRS were already sold out of the more expensive models, mine wasn’t one of them, before the trade show (NAMM 2020 Jan. 16-19) this past weekend in California.

My other hobby was playing Baseball, which I’m too old to play despite my iPatch & wheelchair.  I watch CFL football & the Toronto Blue Jays faithfully.  CFL starts in the summer.  Blue Jays spring training starts in mid-February.

I find that there is just too much TV these days.  When the fall premiers started I stopped recording quite a few.  Now with the New Year premiers I cancelled the recording of a few more & even bowed out of watching “This Is Us” last week.  There are about 10 shows that I never miss but EVERYTHING is an hour long lately?!  Add streaming to that, I don’t have that kind of time!  Sure I’m at home all day but I have stuff to do & a lot of the shows I watch with Kim when she gets home around 6:00 pm from work.  When I watch 3 hours of baseball every day in the fall, time management gets tricky, especially this upcoming year since the Blue Jays might be decent!  I always find time, as soon as Kim’s home, & we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Prodigal Son”, & “Criminal Minds”.

 

Guitarist “Mark Morton” from ‘Lamb of God’ has released a 5 song EP.  Not sure if they’re all cover songs but I instantly recognized 2 1990s rock songs.  One by ‘Pearl Jam’ & one by ‘The Black Crowes’ this is a tame/relaxing EP, not metal at all.  He plays guitar with a different guest vocalist on each song.

 

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“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

TOMORROW

There will be photos and descriptions tomorrow.  Sorry to those without a Facebook account.  The photos will only appear on the Facebook page because I’m not good with technology (I think I’m the odd person without a cell phone?) and I’m cheap when it comes to online stuff.  Sorry again, I’m only on Facebook.  You’ll see my ugly mug & my pretty guitars.  My pretty wife’s behind the camera.  The photos were taken this past Saturday.  Descriptions will be on here & hopefully on each individual photo.

Chris

AW BREWSTER BE OK HOMESLICE

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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 1000 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 50 pushups, 500 curls (10 pounds), 100 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 150 shoulder raises (7 pounds). Stretching & HOLY YOGA!!!!

I fell asleep to “The Cure” the album “Wish”
I exercised to “Econoline Crush” the album “The Devil You Know”

I gave up on yoga a few years ago, that was dumb of me! Yoga seems to be the most beneficial exercise I do. I did squats this week since my back isn’t bothering me. WOW, squats were much easier after a few weeks of yoga. Weights are really helping to. My belly is gone but the area is still cushy. My arms & shoulders look much better too. I’m not going to cut exercises out, but they will likely fluctuate as I do more yoga. I’ve noticed my older T-Shirts fitting better than they did when I bought them. Example: I was wearing a metal shirt I bought at a show in 2006. It was a little tight at the time. I wore it on Saturday for the first time since I got sick & it was baggy, it fit really well! Some shirts that I’ve purchased in the last few years fit differently now. The arms & shoulder area are tighter than before.

I did WAY more yoga then usual on Thursday (1:20 hours) & less weights. Didn’t have enough energy to do it all. I broke a good sweat though, well I do have a good sweat every day I exercise.
Change what I eat & add at least 1 hour of exercise a day has really changed my fitness & cleared my head by shutting out the noise in this really messed up world.
There is too much TV. This fall I cut out a bunch of shows. During the week I watch MAYBE 3 hours of TV a day. Between the computer, guitar, & exercise, there’s not much time left in the day. In the evenings I get to spend time with Kim. Then we add house hunting to the list.
I’m not good as a home buyer. I wake up early then I stay in bed worrying/wondering for far too long. I get up, do my exercise & by then it’s mid-afternoon. WHAT A WASTE OF A DAY! If we had $30,000 more it would make the 2 houses Kim wanted to look at a reality, as for my choice, we should be OK. That’s a TON of cash though!
I’m cancer free working on my 11th year of being so. It’s still an inconvenience though. A wheelchair accessible house in our price range is all but laughable. We lowered the price of our current place, since there are roughly 1,000 new/empty condos in Regina. We can only go so low though. We still have to find a reasonable/decent wheelchair accessible house to live in, that’s within our price range.
Lots of people struggle financially when buying a house, this is just our time I guess. I’m more concerned about keeping Brewster healthy & happy. Currently he’s really good. He loves going to daycare & seems to be more active here because of it. I want to get him checked out ASAP regardless.
The Christmas gift exchange is looking quite bleak this year. Everyone in my immediate family is struggling financially. It will be a rough Christmas but at least we’ll all be broke together! I’m just looking forward to seeing everyone that I don’t see as much as I’d like. I really look forward to seeing people that have moved away. No I’m not listening to Christmas music yet, that was my mother-in-law in July!
Kim’s actual birthday was Tuesday, October 22nd. She had a bad headache when she got home from work & doesn’t really want to spend money. We ordered in & just hung out together. I think I was more excited for her birthday than she was, she just didn’t feel up to much.
With everyone being cash poor, I know why, even though nobody’s said it. I was the one that got cancer & that was nobody’s fault, it just happened. When I got sick EVERYBODY pitched in to help Kim & I out in any way possible. I can’t help but think that others wouldn’t be in their current situation if I hadn’t had stage 4 brain cancer. I wasn’t in a wheelchair or wearing an eye patch before February 2008. I’m owning up to the vicious chain reaction that’s hit all of us. I want to do better because of those people & for them, I feel they all deserve that & more.
I’m very thankful for how things turned out, it could have been worse. At times it does feel like I’m going nowhere fast, just sitting here spinning my wheels in “quicksand”.

Totally off topic, Kim & I were going through a McDonalds drive through I the summer, she wanted to take some pictures that evening. There was a guy who was holding a sign asking for food. We got a cheeseburger for him & gave it to him as we left the parking lot. I was telling this story to another person & their reaction was more than disappointing “Should’ve told him to get a job!” if that’s how they want to look at it fine. What if that person was you or I? The last thing I’d want to hear is someone yelling at me to “Get a job”! By the way the guy thanked me profusely when I handed him the bag. I told Kim immediately “We should have at least got him at least a meal”. Kim’s done it before, so it was my turn, I asked Kim to get an extra burger for him. The guy was hungry & I was on the move without time to teach him how to fish and I’m not Jesus.
Brewster was healthy until Thursday. His cough seemed to be much worse on Thursday. He has an appointment later today at the Vet. I was freaking out over the little guy all day Thursday!
Music has/is a big part of my life obviously. I’m not in the position to spend any cash at the moment, so this is my way of helping this cause. Please do what you can. Please share this video on any & all social media you’re on whether you can donate or not?!?! I think this is a FANTASTIC cause!

17 years ago my wife & I started dating earlier in 2002. On October 22, 2002 she celebrated her birthday. To mark this special occasion “Foo Fighters” released the album “One by One” that day! Thank you to my in-laws & Foo Fighters!

Make your own vinyl? WHAT???????????????????
This $1100 Machine Lets You Make Your Own Vinyl Records
Streaming users don’t have full files to burn. I use iTunes & have full files, but I’m lazy.
Why drummer, Chris Adler, left “Lamb of God”.
https://loudwire.com/chris-adler-statement-split-lamb-of-god/?fbclid=IwAR1RfOtjOtJIhY2TVSu8BjqOlaBbuW9UCWNMnKJJfvKJqf_VanYNLVflKlI
If he felt like he was “phoning it in”, fans expect to hear the hits at any live show. I don’t know if that’s what he meant? If he did, he wrote the drum parts. It was a vague statement, I don’t think he wanted to blame anyone. Either way I’ll miss him.

I guess that’s one take on it, since the music of “Lamb of God” totally (sarcasm) comes off as formulaic!

ALTER BRIDGE
The guitarist, bass player, & drummer from the band “Creed”. “Creed” broke up & the 3 musicians found Myles Kennedy, he currently sings with Slash, does a solo career now, all while singing & playing guitar in “Alter Bridge”. Lead guitarist of “Alter Bridge” Mark Tremonti also releases solo albums, 4 to date.
Alter Bridge released their first album in 2004. They released their 6th album entitled “Walk the Sky” on Friday, October 18th 2019. Here are 4 highlights for me on this 6th album. For me, they haven’t released a questionable album to date. I don’t typically listen to lyrics much, but the song “Godspeed” caught me off guard……in a good way!



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We’re all Global Citizens,
Chris
“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/EARTHSIDE/MORE UPBEAT

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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 600 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 600 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but the sun”, followed by some of “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

I had to cut back the back flexes to 300 over a 5 day week, easily the toughest part of my exercise.  I’ve also brought the number of squats down, quality over quantity.  I’m expecting to be at a minimum of 300 in a 5 day week.  Everything else will stay as it is, another sweaty week but feeling good & confident.

So as I was finishing my exercise on Tuesday doing the downward dog yoga pose, I fell getting back to the ground I rammed my face into the ground, off of the mat & on the laminate floor.  Sure it hurt for a bit, I checked my nose & teeth.  My nose wasn’t bleeding & my teeth were all there & not chipped, I was fine, sweaty but fine.

Now that I’m stronger & more confident, I want to do more.  My mind races at night thinking of small things I can do to help around here & elsewhere.  Kim’s been taking are of the house me & Brewster for over 12 years.  I want to step up & do my part here so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.  She comes home from work 5 days a week & makes a REALLY FANTASTIC meal & I clean up after supper.             Other than that, I fold & put away my laundry, vacuum on occasion & sometimes wet Swiffer the floor.  I feel now as though I can do more since I’m here all week.

I can’t afford the moon or anything extravagant.  I can help in smaller ways now.  I’m starting with my grandparents.  They don’t drink water.  So I’ve filled 2X1liter bottle of water flavoured with Mio flavouring so that it tastes more like a juice than plain water.  Something little I can do to help out.  I get excited about stuff like this.  It’s nice to look forward to something other than exercise every day.

I’m getting stronger now, I can tell!  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch still, & no driving since Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Just physically stronger.  Not only am I able to help out around the house more, but now my mid-life crisis present to myself is back but, if it happens it will likely be a 2/3 life crisis at least.  It was a car & now it’s a PRS guitar.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/ce_24_semi_hollow_2019

A bunch of cool stuff none of which I have & it’s pretty!  Mid-life crisis?  13/16 life crisis or pipe dream!

Well forget that!  Brewster went to the vet after Kim was done work Wednesday & the news wasn’t great!  His heart murmur is between a 5 & 6.  6 is the worst, which means a strong possibility of heart enlargement, heart attack &/or fluid in his lungs.  Now I’m EXTREMELY worried.  Tests & definitely medication, just a matter of how much medication?

Kim is home sick today, she’ll likely be spending the day in bed today.  I got up a bit after 6:00 am, got to my exercises while Kim showered & tried to go to work.  She showered and did her hair but never made it out of the bedroom.  I don’t like contract work much.  She’s not there, she doesn’t get paid.  Oh well, not my job & not really my business.

 

I didn’t even know about this movie on Netflix?  I’ll have to watch it sometime soon!  Here’s the trailer & a review.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/spy-netflix-sacha-baron-cohen-review-875869/?fbclid=IwAR3MunXWxtwF5rgQksY3MOSjeCIcN8Xcv1_z7xkLXwZlWj2ydKn5i8CMnkU

New TOOL article/interview as of September 1st!  Long but GREAT album!  Worth the 13 year wait.

https://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-new-tool-album-fantastic-eight-years-ago/?fbclid=IwAR12zIinHj9dji_QtPMmf1hfSkznv9qNv4Bo1HTifEEem9qRugqBLFw9-9Y

Every TOOL fan has seen this lately, I saw it late last week.  Very well done mashup of Taylor Swift & an older TOOL song!

BIG THANKS to Mitch & George Fraser for getting my VERY old electric guitar gear working!!!!!!!  Another thing to look forward to everyday!

I’ve often thought about listening to “Gojira” since I do like “Sepultura”, but something stops me from being a fan every time?

https://www.kerrang.com/features/11-bands-who-wouldnt-be-here-without-sepultura/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1ELqwBCkiV4pXmBJ4GF6hYbx4Ke_7pgCzU4hxy1kcGYDNHgBSjde-w_Tc

Nobody should like “System of a Down”.  Many of my friends & I think they’re GREAT!   Maybe because there’s nothing that sounds like their music, at least in North America or that I know of?  Here’s a story about their second album out of a total of 5 mass releases.  They’re quite popular.

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR1yPaxfTH97VoELvpGisijllxuYLz9hkJUcDTOiyvYCfCXwt5u9BKGqFew

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-facts/?fbclid=IwAR0nZfpbSbP-QKO6eBPkIdsiTARxAQCGvjlx6hM08CsCzWQ_mRsOKLTfyeQ

I don’t think any rock/metal/other band is about to change mainstream music.  It will be a force of many bands & artists to make a significant change.   I couldn’t care less about album sales, as long as I get to hear what I like!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-likely-numer-1-taylor-swift/?fbclid=IwAR0TQxS-nQJnFY1nkffdS45MdkDLGGO-_pCh1VZblqSBHm5sr18w2ZtpN9s

Under rated albums of the 1990s.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-12-most-underrated-albums-of-the-90s/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR2H2OdGO2_euSra9krb_GxWAchw1pYJHlKCPrqa0Jj0KB-p_M3u6Epr-wk

 

EARTHSIDE

More progressive rock/metal but they tend to go quiet & mellow to the heavier side of things throughout a song.  I haven’t done an “Opeth” music guide yet, but they would be “Opeth” lite followed by “Tool” who would be “Earthside” lite.  All 3 of these bands are progressive & they are all capable of doing light atmospheric music on their albums as well as rock & metal, much like “Dream Theater” as well.

When I say “progressive” in reference to these current metal/rock bands, I mean that the songs are often in rare time signatures.  Not always a song you can tap your foot to.  Most radio friendly songs are in a basic 4/4 time.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s simple & to the point.  That gets boring for me after a while & other bands will change time signatures 2-6 times in one song.  Then that can become boring & I’ll go back to the 4/4 stuff.  I always listen to the drums in a song.  It’s the rhythm that I listen to the most in a song.

I have one album by “Earthside” so here’s a sampling of it.

 

2015   A DREAM IN STATIC

 

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120 BIRTHDAY BBQ/SUM 41

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CATCH YOU FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Music throughout the weekend.  “Trivium”, “Foo Fighters”, “Iron Maiden”, “Lamb of God”, & “Billie Eilish”

 

Great weekend!  We celebrated my parents’ 120th birthday.  My parents were high school sweet hearts from grade 9 on at the same high school both my brother & I attended at separate times, he’s 7 years younger than me.  I was in grade 7 when he was in kindergarten.

Anyways, my parents got married at the age of 19 in November of 1978.  I’m not a child that was born or consummated out of wedlock aka I’m not a bastard.  I was born in January of 1980, yeah I’ll be 40 next year.  I was born the year my parents turned 21 but I have the first birthday of the year in our immediate family.  When I started going to school my parents were the youngest parents around.  When my brother was born 7 years later, they fit in with other parents, age wise.

My parents celebrated their 40th anniversary last year & their 120th birthday party this year with family & friends.  They both turn 60 this year.  Dad’s birthday was in April & Mom’s birthday is near the end of the month.

It was a backyard BBQ at their house.  My cousin, my brother, Kim, & Rachel all planned it with a list of requested guests from my parents.  Hello social media!  My brother is somewhat out of commission after intense surgery on his spine for the bone spurs on his shoulders that could have caused other serious issues.  He & Rachel were occupied with that.  He’s good, just a long recovery.  His surgery was a month or two ago.  My cousin & I helped by inviting people (40+) & making the list of supplies needed.  Kim & a team of other family members did party & food preparing.  Other family members bought the supplies.

We tried to make it as easy, relaxing, & enjoyable as possible for my parents.  My parents bought alcohol, condiments, & had (disappearing) plastic cutlery aka we couldn’t find it when needed.

All my cousin & I did was click a few computer buttons.  Everybody else made the party happen.

I didn’t sleep well Friday night with the party on Saturday!  I was awake until 2:30 am thinking I forgot something or I forgot to invite someone, then I fell asleep only to awake at 5:00 am thinking the same thing.  Back to sleep from 6:00 am until 9:00 am.  Party from 3:00 pm until we left close to 11:00 pm.  Sunday we went back to say goodbye to a few family & friends from out of town or province.

The party was a success!  Who made the party a success?  Everybody that could make it there who was invited, THANK YOU ALL!

Sunday, today, & the rest of the week is recovery for my muscles & now my lack of sleep.  I was planning on being a couch potato this week anyways.  For some reason I woke up at 5:00 am today?  Did the dishes & wrote this.  Is it nap time yet?

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada.  I couldn’t agree more with this REPEATED statement!  The gun violence in America is FAR BEYOND #$%@#@! REDICULOUS!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/kacey-musgraves-gun-violence-lollapalooza-867369/?fbclid=IwAR2BXYZPm0wYrTJAImIGaAGVKElVIdSSXQ-C55rQtKY9iUmpQI3Wz46lzDk

Sounds as though “Tool” has made a ½ marathon album in playing time over the course of 7 songs!

https://loudwire.com/new-tool-album-80-minutes-seven-tracks/?fbclid=IwAR0aR68iZv0DgHamPASlMX2rIo0odqEZr_zJzNxou4ZTMwVYpdLeT7N1V3M

 

SUM 41

I know what you’re thinking, “Why review a Canadian punk band that’s so over rated?”  When was the last time you actually listened to them?  Before the release of the album “Screaming Bloody Murder”?  Well this review includes “Screaming Bloody Murder”, “13 Voices” & the newest album “Order in Decline”.  Prior to these 3 latest releases they were just a band that was around.  They did start off as more of a punk band, but their lead guitarist has always been a metal fan.  They’re not as popular as “Anthrax” by any stretch of the imagination, I would put them in that category though as a good mix of punk & metal.

This was all over Much Music in 2001.

Fair enough.  I get the generic pop/punk stereotype with that.  I wasn’t a fan then either, I’m a fan of their current stuff now though.  FYI-All of this is just my opinion.  Here are 2 songs from each of their last 3 albums in order of album release.

 

2011   Screaming Bloody Murder

 

2016   13 Voices

 

2019   Order in Decline

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BARONESS

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 475 curls, 150 tricep lifts w/ weights,  yoga, & stretching.  I’m still trying to figure out the numbers with the weights.

I fell asleep to “Them Crooked Vultures”, followed “The Watchmen” the album “Silent Radar”

I exercised to.  Nothing totally forgot to grab the remote before I started exercising

 

I don’t mind this exercise stuff at all.  I do feel better & more alert a few minutes after I exercise.  Like having a cup of coffee in the morning.  I drink very little coffee lately.  I’m not sure why, I just don’t crave it & with the combination of coffee & my pills, I get dry mouth.  Even with just my pills, the only side effect I notice is dry mouth.  Coffee just adds to the problem.

I was speaking with a friend of mine who is a body builder regarding my eating habits.  I’m not trying to look beefy, just wanting to stand on my own.  I’m almost doing what he recommended.  I just need to have small meals 6 times a day instead of the 5 I have during the day.  He didn’t say this but I need my sugar intake to decrease & stick to just natural sugar such as fruit & not ice cream or cookies as often.

Weekends I’ll have a minimal amount of alcoholic beverages, like 4 for the weekend on occasion I’ll avoid it on a weekend, & have no desire for it.

I’m not really cutting anything out, just paying attention as to what & how much of it I’m putting into my body.

8 weeks until they can fix our air conditioner.  They need to order a valve from Texas.  Our building manager went out of his way to buy us a portable air conditioner.  He didn’t have to do that, but we’re happy he did that for us.

 

Something is EXTREMELY wrong/not working with my Facebook account since March or April?  I’ve sent Facebook many messages asking if they could please fix the problem, but it seems as though they’re not willing to fix the problem I’m having.

I got my brand new iPod touch that you’ll need for the update in the fall. It holds 256 GB.  All of my iTunes are on it (128 G) & it loaded very fast Wednesday evening, when Kim & I set it up & had to switch our home sharing to 2 apple IDs.  I was the second user on her account before.  Everything is great with it, now I just have to learn how to use a touch screen.  I’ve used my father’s cell to text mom on our way home from Calgary & I really don’t like using them.  Apple should bring back the iPod Classic.

Brian Doherty (Big Wreck 2nd guitarist) lost his battle with cancer.  R.I.P.  Thanks for the music you left us with.  You will be missed.

Pre-Season CFL football Thursday evening.  YAY it’s back!  Roughriders lost but it was a very entertaining game regardless.  Winnipeg beat us 35W-29L.  It’s only pre-season though.  I missed the Jays game Thursday night though.

 

BARONESS

An American metal band out of Virginia.  The group consists of 4 people but it has been a revolving door of members.  Other than that, I really don’t know much about them.  I have 2 albums by them.  Their albums are titled as colours.  I have an album called “Purple” & a double album called “Yellow & Green”.  Others on iTunes are “Blue Record”, “Red”, & “Gold & Grey” which is currently available for preorder June 14th.  I bought these 2 albums long before my wife had an Apple Music account.  The preview on iTunes suckered me in.  They’re not terrible albums, they just don’t have much lasting power to make me go back & listen to them.

 

2012   YELLOW & GREEN

 

2015   PURPLE

 

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“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

END OF 2018 PART 2

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He’ll be fine but will stay there overnight and be released today.  I’d much prefer it to be me, then I wouldn’t worry as much.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

If these songs were a part of a full album, it would easily be number 1 on my list

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

Easily my favourite song of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The stereo audio is not very good, you can barely hear the orchestra.  The surround mix on the blu-ray is MUCH better.

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

Nothing but Thieves – What did you think when you made me this way? EP

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Smashing Pumpkins – SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT PT.1/NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

Queens of the Stone Age w/ Royal Blood opening (Calgary)

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

Usually I head up to Saskatoon to see Trivium on tour.  They skipped Saskatchewan completely this time.  Typical Canadian during a North American tour is, Montreal, Toronto, & maybe Vancouver now.  The fact that I got to see all of this stuff live is pretty cool.  Only had to go to Calgary to see Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood & Foo Fighters.

If I had to pick my favourite concerts of the year, Queens of the Stone Age & Boney M. would both take the win.  Could be that it was my first time seeing both bands live.  Boney M’s rhythm section was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater (already preordered for release Feb. 22), Megadeth, Tool, Lamb of God, Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist) preorder January 11, full release March 1st, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Chevelle, & In Flames (preordered available January 11).  Likely more, that’s just off of the top of my head.

I’m really excited for the ‘In Flames’ album, full release March 1st.

This is a more thorough list of loud wire’s most anticipated rock & metal albums of 2019.

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-slipknot-mask-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1xPDKeSB4j4cqQw9kMpgEdDRB0pnoRiJw12CzlQSqfTO2tB8FgXSpyfyk

The last Tool album was released in 2006, the last System of a Down album was released in 2005.  There will be a new Tool album before a System of a Down album.

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-hints-new-song-next-week/?fbclid=IwAR38eitwXYZOt4__oADBe5vs-qwOZGTWAaAUuYBn7ajv_JrK1n_PQcPXlMM

 

A baseball player is offered more than what he asked for from his previous team as a free agent, $300,000,000 over 10 years.  More than that was offered & he turned it down.  He must really not like where he was, I doubt any other team will offer him $10,000,000 a year to play a game for a living?  Once he hits the age of 30 or shortly thereafter you see almost all players start to decline athletically.  The back end (the last 3-5 years) of $300,000,000 will be terrible if he gets that deal.

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres